The Dare Project
nytheatre.com q&a preview by Wendy Bagger
June 10, 2013
What is your job on this show?
Writer and Director.
What is your show about?
We are celebrating the 22nd Dare Project, where will celebrate our 100th 10-minute play written on a Dare.
What type of theater do you like most to work on?
I love to work on new plays, or on re-imaginings of the classics. I am a fairly straight forward thinker, and working with brand new ideas and stories pushes me out of me comfort zone. I kick and scream the whole time, but by the end I've always learned something valuable about either the artform, or my place in it. And it's usually how much broader those two things actually are.
Complete this sentence: My show is the only one opening in NYC this spring that...?
Has Chewbacca in it. Eh? Ehhhh???
Why did you want to write/direct/produce/act in/work on this show?
Okay, here's the big confession. I didn't want to write or direct. I never want to. It's hard and it's scary. But a miracle happens every time I sign up to do it. I manage to quiet my doubts long enough to get some words on a page, and then my fellow artists show up and make the thing better than I could have on my own. And I love learning that over and over.
Which famous person would you most like to get a fan letter from: Denzel Washington, Maggie Smith, Ang Lee, Jennifer Lawrence?
Steve Martin. Long time long distance love affair happening there. Ever since I saw his hairy chest dripping with sudsy bath water as he clutched his dog in front of his privates to chase Bernadette Peters down the street, I've been hooked. It was a strange day. I've heard something similar happened in The Jerk.
Can theater bring about societal change? Why or why not?
Yes, I think it can. So can film and tv. But where theatre shines is in the immediacy of being in the same room as the people who are exploring, mocking, and living out big ideas, big fears, big loves. And there's no safety net, and the audience feels that. The stakes are automatically higher. I myself can't help but be changed by that.